Like music? Like food? Like films? If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions then this year’s Elefest in Elephant & Castle will definitely be your thing! The annual festival, which was founded 12 years ago by Rob Wray, is now a much-loved fixture in many Londoners’ calendars and this year is certainly no exception.
The quirky festival, which is sponsored by Delancey, kicked off yesterday and runs until Sunday. As ever, this year’s festival boasts a packed programme full of events in venues across Southwark so there’ll certainly be something for everyone. There’ll be everything from a performance from Latin phenomenon Wara with Movimentos DJs (they won’t disappoint with their high-energy fusion of traditional Latin and Cuban styles!) to an evening of new writing, physical theatre, comedy and arts from The Blue Elephant Theatre.
You can also dance the night away with Brazilian band The Fontanas as well as getting down to a bike powered workshop and cinema from Electric Pedals. And when you’re feeling peckish, there’s the StockMKT Asian-style food and craft night market to fill your tums.
Today, The Cinema Museum will screen classic Sci-Fi films (as well as a top secret Sci-Fi guest!) so grab a friend and get down there. Within converted warehouses, Hotel Elephant will also host a south London born artist Harry Pue, who will curate the works of 17 local artists for his Jolie Laide exhibition.
Tomorrow will see the new pop up park (the Mobile Gardeners Plant Station) on the site of a former petrol station. There, you’ll be able to unwind with a line-up of DJs playing soul, disco, rare groove and R&B.
If you have a spare few hours on Sunday, you can get your hands dirty with Guerilla Gardening – where you can plant free seeds in green patches of the Elephant.
Tempted yet? We wouldn’t always advise giving into temptation, but on this occasion we certainly recommend it. Head down to SE1 and get involved.
To get the full list of events, visit elefest.org. Grab your dancing shoes, and see you there!